The love affair between W.E.A.C. and the Evansville Athletic Association.

It is absolutely amazing that administration would this last week came  to the school board wanting to add another COACH.    The administration wants to add an assistant girls softball coach.

They are asking to add another coach without making any kind of cuts at all to the co/extra curricular budget.    But yet the district continues to lay off teachers its is looking like they will lay off a minimum of 10 teachers this year.    10 teachers.   That is a lot considering the size of our district.

The board meeting this last week was heavily attended by teachers as it should have been.   Every single teacher in this district should be irate. .   That they are looking to add to the athletic programs ,  but cut academics  AGAIN.      Every single parent should be ticked.

Those involved like Brian Cashore,  Scott Everson, Robert Flaherty and Jerry Roth seem scared to death someone is going to cut their sports programs.   Yet NOT ONE single board member has even suggested that.   The only thing the board has asked is they look at their budgets.    The board has asked them repeatedly for certain information about co/extra curricular budgets and issues and the administration has failed to give it to them.  HOW many people would still have a job if your boss told you to do some thing and you did not?

A couple of weeks ago they came to the board suggesting we could close the open enrollment numbers if we added a sport like HOCKEY, to draw kids to our district.  That we could cover the costs of these programs by cutting a position.   That of a teacher.    THIS is the crap these clowns bring to the board.

NO one has ever suggested cuts.  NO one.   They just simply wanted information, better insight about what is going on.

WE have some administrators who thought they were jocks in high school and just can not let it go.   They live for sports .   They are protective of these programs like a MaMA Bear.  Yet no one has threatened them.

BUT to have the BALLS  to come to the school board and want to add another coach,  while at the same meeting talk about how many teacher’s they are going to cut.

There just seems to be this love affair between W.E.A.C. and the Evansville Athletic Association.     A deal of you scratch my back and I will scratch yours.

The Evansville School District most definitely needs its co/extra curricular activities.

For some kids it’s these sports/activities that bring them to school.   It these sports/activities that make them strive to get that 1.5 g.p.a. when other wise they may not.  They know where they have to be grade wise to play and take part.    For some kids it gives them the connection to school and people, friends, teachers that they may not other wise have.

NO one is suggesting not having these things but good grief open you eyes and plant some priorities.    Academics have to come first.

This have been a long on going love affair between   W.E.A.C.  and the Evansville Athletic Association.     They really have gotten hot and heavy the last couple of years.

IT is embarrassing.

Parents send their kids to a school district for academics not sports.

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One Response to “The love affair between W.E.A.C. and the Evansville Athletic Association.”

  1. The co and extra curricular committee did not necessarily do what the board asked it to do this last time, but the one thing the board finally got a handle on was the total cost of the program. $218,000 for the kitten kaboodle, according to the accounting sheets presented in February. About $150 grand of that is for coach and advisor salaries ($50 grand for advisors, $100 grand for coachs). What is so frustrating is how the committee concluded that “for the cost of one teaching position, the district can offer all of these fabulous activities.” In actuality, for the cost of three teaching positions, we can retain all these activities. The penchant for administrators to say only one third of the cost is the district’s and two thirds is state aided is misdirection at it’s finest. Nobody says “teacher salaries and benefits really only cost the district 4.3 million dollars because the state aids the remaining 8.67 million dollars. So knock it off with the “but this is a state aided expense and only REALLY costs a third of the true price.” It really costs the full value and we are not at the Kmart blue light special here. My tax dollars are supporting it whether by payroll tax, property tax or sales tax. It’s irrelevant to me if it’s a locally collected tax or a more remotely collected tax. It still all comes from my income. So present true costs and move on.

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